We are the Jefferson-Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority AKA the JB Green Team. State law requires each Ohio county to establish or join other counties to form a “solid waste management district.” In 1989, Jefferson and Belmont Counties formed the Jefferson-Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority (JBRSWA). The JBRSWA Board of Trustees is composed of 15 members representing both Counties as specified in the provisions of the Ohio Revised Code 3734.54.
The JBRSWA is responsible for implementing the current 2008-2023 solid waste management plan designed to achieve the goals set by the Ohio EPA for waste reduction, recycling and reducing reliance on land filling waste generated within the two counties. We receive our funding through tipping fees generated by landfills and transfer stations in the district. These fees are then used to provide programs and services for our residents, businesses and industries. In 2011, the JBRSWA began to operate its recycling operations and services under the aka name of the JB Green Team.
Click here for a 2010 Recycling Study Report
Early in 2014 we were notified that our annual funding would be cut by up to 64%. This was a direct result of a local landfill rail transportation asset sale. The sale significantly reduced Out-of-State solid waste beginning in 2014. Which significantly reduced the Authority’s funding from out-of-state contract fees and disposal fees. The Authority also funds plan programs and current operations through a disposal fee collected at the landfill of $1.00 per ton for in-district solid waste, $2.00 per ton for out-of-district solid waste and $1.00 per ton for out-of-state waste. These fees are not being proposed to change but make up much less of our funding.
The JBRSWA has four (4) funding source options:
1) DESIGNATION FEES – fees collected from MSW (municipal solid waste) generated in our two Counties that is taken to any designated landfill. Only landfills that have been approved by contract can accept MSW from our District.
2) GENERATION FEES – fee charged to everyone from in the District that generates MSW taken in-district or out-of-district/in state, but this cannot include the MSW taken out-of-state. This type of fee is less beneficial with our two Counties bordering another state.
3) TAX ASSESSMENT – under Revised Code 343.08 and 343.011 an annual assessment can be applied per each lot or parcel of real estate property that is improved or in the process of being improved, with at least one permanent, portable or temporary building located within the geographical boundaries of the Authority. Meaning only the properties with buildings, and not the ones that don’t. These taxes can be revisited annually and reduced if other funding sources have increased.
4) DISPOSAL FEES/CONTRACT FEES – if a landfill exists in the District, such as Apex, fees can be assessed for the amount of MSW received. The JBRSWA has a $1-$2-$1 rate. $1 per in-district ton, $2 per out-of-district ton, and $1 per out-of-state ton (which must match the in-district ton). There is also a Contract 50 cents fee on the out-of-state tonnage which is where the largest loss has been for us. These fees are taken out of the Tipping Fees that the landfill charges for the MSW.
In July 2014 the JBRSW Authority Board passed a resolution to implement the Tax Assessment “reasonable rates and charges” under Revised Code 343.08 and 343.011 to expand the property taxes to a maximum rate of $12.54 per improved parcel per year beginning in 2014, and will begin to be collected in 2015. Again, our last resort is to assess taxes against property owners, but we have no choice, we have to finance the programs required by the state.
The draft Solid Waste Management Plan for 2015-2029 currently being updated provides the option for either fully or partially funding the Authority through designation fees. This Plan includes many of the JB Green Team programs and services you may or may not be aware of. You are more likely to recognize our “also known as” name the JB Green Team. We provide recycling opportunities in Jefferson and Belmont Counties with many different programs.
• 49 Community Drop-off Recycling locations for Fiber (paper, etc) Commingled (plastic bottles, glass, metal cans, etc) Materials
• School, business and non-profit fiber recycling program
• Business glass recycling program
• Community Tire Collections
• E-cycling Collections
• CRT TV proper disposal assistance (collection) program
• Household Hazardous Waste Collections
• Free Latex Paint Collection
• Community Cleanup Collections (for larger non-hazardous waste items)
• Education and Awareness Programs for our youth and adult organizations
• Litter Cleanup Activities
COMMON QUESTIONS & ANSWERS REGARDING THE ASSESSMENT TAX:
Doesn’t this tax have to be voted on by the residents?
By law (HB 592) each County in Ohio must offer ways to manage solid waste through reduction, reusing and recycling programs. In order to pay for this management, Revised Code 343.08 and 343.011 allows Authorities to assess a tax on approved parcels in order to run these programs. It is similar to a property tax.
Why should I have to pay a waste tax when I don’t feel I generate very much waste?
Many residents do an excellent job of recycling and place very little in the waste stream. This tax pays for the recycling program as well as community clean ups and other collections we have throughout the year.
I own a lot of land, will this $12.54 be taxed on each of my acres?
The tax is assessed on improved parcels ONLY. An improved parcel is one that has been improved with a house or other structure. Any vacant lots or acreage does not get taxed.
How long will this tax remain?
The current tax will remain for the 2015 year. The Authority will reassess the need to have a tax each year. If funding from other options increase, we will lower the tax to match what is needed to fund our operations.
I recycle. Don’t you receive enough money from the recycling you receive?
It is true that we generate money from the paper and comingled recycling, but it does not cover the costs of fuel, maintenance and other costs associated with running the program. Also, recycling is a commodity, and prices for the recycling fluctuate so the amount we receive varies.